Welcome to UTC! We’re excited to be talking about your new New Adult series called Broken Destiny with you today. The term “new adult” gets thrown around a lot. But what does it mean to you?
Thank you so much for having me! I probably have the most basic definition of New Adult. To me, it’s a story where at least one protagonist is between the ages of 18 – 24. For a long time, that range was almost a literary dead zone since 18-24 didn’t fit the Adult genre because (as the theory went) readers of that market wanted older characters. On the flip side, that age range was too old for YA since those were generally supposed to be set in the high school years. In fact, Cat from my Night Huntress series was originally 19 and I had to change her age because the content in Halfway To The Grave was too explicit to be YA (I agree), yet 19 was considered too young for the Adult market. We compromised by making Cat 22, with the knowledge that she’d age over four years between the first and second books in the Night Huntress series.
Now, if you ask me why 18 – 24 was a largely-neglected range until self-publishing created the New Adult genre, I’d tell you I had no idea why. During that same time frame, I got my first job, moved out, got married, lost a dear friend and overall found out who I really was inside. Many people refer to it as a “coming of age” period in their lives and I agree, so I’m delighted that it’s finally getting its place in the sun with the New Adult genre.
How would you describe Ivy?
Loyal, brave and stubborn. Her whole life, Ivy has had visions that everyone told her were hallucinations, so she grew up with the very credible belief that there was something wrong with her mind. When she finds out that her visions are actually real glimpses of demons and other realms, she doesn’t get bitter: she gets moving trying to save her sister’s life. I have two sisters and I love them dearly, yet I don’t know if I’d be brave enough to do everything that Ivy does. Nothing, not opposing destinies, minions, hell Hounds, demons or even gargoyles, will stop her, and that’s commendable loyalty with more than a dash of reckless bravery and stubbornness.
Adrian remains a big mystery throughout this book. What would you say is your favorite thing about him?
I love that Adrian feels trapped by his destiny, but he’s still determined to fight it. It’s hard enough to take on a fight when you think the odds are against you. Take on a fight you believe you’re predestined to lose, but you’re willing to go to the last bloody, brutal round anyway? That’s ballsy, brave and utterly heroic, in my opinion. Now, that doesn’t mean that Adrian can’t be an ass at times, and Ivy has to call him on it more than once. But deep down, he means well, although with his horrifying upbringing, he has a very hard time expressing that.
Where did you get the inspiration for the mythology in this series?
My first inspiration for the series was from a dream. Regular readers of mine might remember that a dream first inspired me to write the Night Huntress series, so if I wake up with a story idea that won’t leave me alone, it’s probably going to end up in a book someday. That’s what happened with the dream that led to the Broken Destiny series. In it, I saw a girl who’d had hallucinations her whole life, and only found out that they were real after she came face-to-face with a demon in its own realm. The concept of other realms, demons and the destiny that allowed the girl to see these things to begin with eventually became The Beautiful Ashes, though due to other deadlines, it took several years from that first dream to the finished book.
What are some similarities/differences between writing Urban Fantasy and New Adult?
In my opinion, it’s the age range. There are Urban Fantasy adult novels, New Adults or Young Adults, depending on the age of the protagonist(s). Granted, you’ll find a lot more urban fantasy in Adult and YA, but that’s because New Adult is just starting to branch out of the contemporary subgenre. With authors like Cora Cormack, Jennifer L. Armentrout and Jamie McGuire all writing/intending to write paranormal or sci-fi New Adults, I’m not the only one who sees this genre expanding far beyond its contemporary roots.
Want to share with us a quick teaser or short excerpt from THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES?
Absolutely! Here is an excerpt. To set up the scene, Ivy and Adrian have entered a demon realm in disguise. Now, they’re trying to leave, but everything doesn’t go as planned:
We made it out of the pyramid without incident, and I looked down as we exited through the courtyards. No one stopped us at the stone gates, and we navigated the pueblo-like village with nary a word spoken in acknowledgement. Once we’d cleared the edge of the wigwam village, however, our luck ran out.
“Hondalte,” a commanding voice ordered.
Adrian paused. I did, too, schooling my features into a blank mask despite the hairs standing up on the back of my neck. When I turned around, I saw that my demon radar hadn’t been malfunctioning. The lanky, blond-haired man approaching us had two tall, dark arcs rising out of his back.
Not arcs, I realized when he drew nearer. Pitch-black wings. Then he spoke, causing my stomach to flip-flop in fear.
“If she is a new pet for me,” the winged stranger said in English, “tell me, why are you leaving with her?”
“My lord Mayhemium,” Adrian said, bowing formally. “I have discovered that this one is too flawed for you.”
The blond demon came closer. I tried not to stare, but he had wings. Were they real or a type of illusion, like Demetrius’s ability to transform into shadows and other people?
“What is so flawed about her?” Mayhemium asked, and my skin felt like it was trying to crawl away as his gaze slid over me.
“I have crabs,” I blurted out, saying the first gross thing that came to mind.
The single glare Adrian shot my way said that I wasn’t helping. “She’s mentally defective,” he replied, his tone implying that it should be obvious. “I’m taking her to Ryse’s realm. He doesn’t mind less-than-superior pets.”
Mayhemium’s gaze swept me again. From his expression, Zach had glamoured me into looking as gorgeous as Adrian’s disguise was plain. Then the demon waved an imperious hand.
“I’ll take her anyway.”
Adrian let go of my arm and stepped away. I tried to conceal my shock, but I wasn’t that good of an actress. Yes, we were deep in enemy territory and outnumbered by a thousand to one, but was he really going to let Mayhemium take me?
The demon thought so. My breath sucked in at the gleam that appeared in those inhuman eyes. Now I knew what death looked like when you stared it in the face. Then Adrian straightened, abandoning his subservient posture.
“I never liked you, Mayhemium,” he said in a tone so flat, he sounded bored. “At least you’re so arrogant, you came alone.”
Before the last word left him, he hit the demon, moving so fast all I saw was his usual blur. Mayhemium stared at him, something inky leaking out from the side of his mouth.
“Adrian?” he asked in disbelief.
“Ivy, leave,” Adrian ordered, urgency now replacing the flatness in his tone.
Mayhemium’s head whipped around, and he stared at me with understanding that turned into unbridled savageness. “The last Davidian,” he hissed.
What’s the last book you’ve read and loved?
I deserve to be laughed at for this, but it’s Naked Heat, the book that’s pseudonymously written by Richard Castle from the TV show Castle. Yes, I miss Castle so much that I’m reading the books until the new season starts. Somebody, help me! *wink*
Now that this baby of yours is out, what can we expect from you next?
After The Beautiful Ashes, Bound By Flames, book three in the Night Prince series, comes out January 27th. Then book two in the Broken Destiny series comes out later in 2015. It’s still untitled as of now, but it picks up with Ivy and Adrian shortly after the events at the end of The Beautiful Ashes.
In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.
Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.
Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…
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COMING JANUARY 27, 2015
Play with fire, pay the price.
Leila’s years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn’t learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin…
Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn’t like Vlad to feel fear, but he does…for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad’s greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad’s love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both…
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